By Daniel Hunter

American call centre company Conduit will create 600 new jobs in Cardiff.

Already with a strong presence in Wales, with call centres in Cardiff city centre, Cardiff Gate and Swansea, the new jobs will see Conduit employ over 2,500 people in the Principality.

Its new centre in the Cardiff business district provides the homecare service for British Gas.

"Today's announcement is yet another indication that Welsh government policies are having a beneficial effect supporting the economy and creating jobs during these difficult times," First Minister Carwyn Jones said.

"Last week we heard that for two months in a row, the Welsh labour market employment rate and inactivity rate have outperformed the UK as a whole, over both the quarter and the year.

"Professional and financial services are a key growth sector for the Welsh economy and I am delighted that Conduit is yet again expanding its operations in Wales."

Denis Creighton, chief executive of Conduit Europe, said the company operated in 10 different countries and Wales "generates the best customer service and performance indicators across the board".

"Wales delivers our best performance figures period. And that's why we're planning to focus future growth here," he said.

"We are delighted to open this new centre and create more than 600 jobs this year. Fusion Point 1 [Conduit's new centre in Cardiff business district] will be the flagship of our growing operation."

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